The Canadian Wildlife series of .9999 fine one-ounce silver bullion coins has proven to be a success with both precious metals investors and coin collectors. The series offered an array of six different wildlife themed designs released over the course of three years. Each issue would be limited to a mintage of only one million coins struck at the Royal Canadian Mint’s Ottawa facility. These two factors would differentiate the coins from other bullion offerings and contribute heavily to the success of the series.
Most silver bullion coins are produced at levels to meet the annual demand from precious metals investors. In recent years, the higher investment demand has resulted in mintages spiraling well above ten million coins per year. By limiting the mintage to one million coins per design, the Wildlife series created the potential for price appreciation outside of the bullion value.
The six different reverse designs for the Canadian Wildlife Silver Bullion Coins provide a stunning showcase for the theme. The initial release featured a Timber Wolf designed by Senior Mint Engraver William Woodruff. This was followed by additional designs from Woodruff featuring the Grizzly, Cougar, and Moose. The final two designs of the series were by Canadian artist Emily Damstra and featured the Pronghorn Antelope and the Wood Bison. A common obverse design was used for the series featuring the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.
Each coin of the series is struck in one troy ounce of .9999 fine silver with a diameter of 38 mm and thickness of 3.29 mm. The dates on the obverse are 2011 for the Wolf and Grizzly, 2012 for the Cougar and Moose, and 2013 for the Antelope and Bison. Each carries a legal tender face value of 5 Canadian Dollars. These coins were initially offered at the same market premiums for the much higher mintage Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins, although several have now garnered additional premium.